My Italian Adventure- Part 4

DSCN0761Wednesday, June 12, 2013: 8:46 pm

Today was so much fun! We woke up early and caught a bus to Vatican City so we could go visit the inside of St. Peters Church. We reached the wall outside of the city and saw a huge crowd. We stood in line for a few minutes until we realized that the reason why we in such a large crowd that early in the morning was because Pope Francis was giving a speech today. A morning service of sorts since today was Wednesday. We decided against staying to see the speech as it was going to be another hour and a half before we were able to see him.

In a turn of an events we took a bus to the Roman Forum. It was more expansive than I thought it would be. We took a self-guided tour around the forum and it was so cool! I saw the original columns of the entrance to the Forum. I loved the history of it all. I thought it was very interesting that the area was originally a marsh and they had the technology back in that time to drain the marsh into the Tiber River. The area was so neat to hike through! It was so strange walking on the stones that people thousands of years ago walked on. It made me feel as if I was taking place in the making of history.

Once we made our way through the Forum we came out and there was the Colosseum in all of its gorgeous beauty! The Colosseum, just like the Forum, was larger than I expected! We walked around the outside of it and debated going inside, but the lines were so outrageous and we were all tired. However, the exterior was quite stunning! It was a grey color which was not surprising, but the fact that the structure has held up for so long is very impressive! I find it to be captivating the architectural skills of that era have stood the test of time and remained intact. In addition, I of course had to get my picture taken in front of the Colosseum a half a dozen times. There is no better way to prove something. Am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

After the Colosseum we got on a bus to head back towards our apartment for lunch then a nap. Unfortunately, we got on the right bus going the wrong way so we went all the way to the end of the line only to have to turn back and retrace our steps towards our apartment. All in all we were on the bus for about an hour and half. None of us minded much, though, because we got to see the other part of Rome that we were not going to touch this trip. I also got a tiny bit of a nap until I realized, half awake, that I had a silly look on my face and thought that maybe waiting on my nap was a better idea.

Earlier my aunt and I went on a hunt for purses. I have been looking for a leather purse that will match the wallet I bought while in Florence. No such luck yet. Although, we did come across more street vendors with reasonably priced scarves. I really love scarves. Everyone has that one or two things they love to buy and are a sucker for. Mine are scarves and purses. I am proud to say that I bought eight scarves! Now I know you may be thinking, “Why on Earth would you buy that many?!”. My answer is simple. They were a good investment and because I can. So what? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Anyway! While we were out we also got gelato. I mean, of course! I got two flavors, Stracchiato (That is may not be how you spell it, but that is the closest guess I have!) It was a chocolate and vanilla mixture which within itself was delicious! The other flavor was eggnog. I so love eggnog and this was very yummy! It did taste different from American eggnog, but not in a bad way! I guess it is a good thing we walked 6 miles today! It definitely worked off that gelato for sure! I believe I have walked almost 30 miles on this trip. Every day has been 3-6 miles so on average I would say it would be about thirty. A high guess would be 45 miles.

So with that fact, It is very obvious that I am worn out, so I will write soon everybody!

arrivederci!

Beth:)

and one last one…

Yesterday was a very relaxed day. We only went to St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. The Basilica was absolutely gorgeous! Out of all of the churches I visited on this trip, it was the most incredible. The ceiling was so spectacular and it felt like it was never-ending. They had many of the previous popes buried within the church, but unlike all of the other churches we visited there was a little door where u could go inside. The Basilica also had so many large statues that were breath-taking. It was my favorite church that we visited this trip.

Today I was able to go inside the Colosseum and wow. It was just wow. I thought it looked incredible and huge from the outside, but the inside was even more so! It was so neat seeing all of the little areas where spectators sat to watch the gladiator fights. Although with erosion it is somewhat difficult to picture the stadium and all of the seating.ย  I walked up to the middle section first and it was so steep. The stairs were at a higher incline than we are used to and the “flat” surfaces had an incline. I guess they did not use levels in early architecture! We were able to see the basements of the arena where they kept all of the gladiators who fought and the animals that fought with or against them. It was so neat to see all of the crevices of the basement. It was small compared to today’s size of an arena, but for the era, I can see how it would have been just awe-inspiring.

After the Colosseum my aunt and I went shopping for four hours or so. It was so much fun to walk in and out of the little alley ways that we would have never seen without our mini adventure. And by mini, I mean seven miles…Today’s grand total of walking was 10 miles. So, I am very tired and I can feel a heartbeat in my feet. Do not think that is natural! The adventure was a lot of fun and we poked our heads into many tiny little shops. ( I was looking for a purse.) We were on the hunt for whatever goodies we could find (and we found sooo many!)

Anyway, I hope you all have enjoyed my little travel journal for the past two weeks. It has been a very fast, exciting, and adventurous two weeks.I have loved every minute of it and I cannot thank my grandparents enough for giving me this wonderful gift and opportunity. I hope that one day I can come back and visit the parts of Italy I still have not seen, but for now, I am ready to go home. This country has been so wonderful and has taught me many lessons I would have never learned without a visit. I am so very blessed to have been given this trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Arrivederci,

Beth:)

My Italian Adventure: Days 12 & 13

Yesterday was a very relaxed day. We only went to St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. The Basilica was absolutely gorgeous! Out of all of the churches I visited on this trip, it was the most incredible. The ceiling was so spectacular and it felt like it was never-ending. They had many of the previous popes buried within the church, but unlike all of the other churches we visited there was a little door where u could go inside. The Basilica also had so many large statues that were breath-taking. It was my favorite church that we visited this trip.

Today I was able to go inside the Colosseum and wow. It was just wow. I thought it looked incredible and huge from the outside, but the inside was even more so! It was so neat seeing all of the little areas where spectators sat to watch the gladiator fights. Although with erosion it is somewhat difficult to picture the stadium and all of the seating.ย  I walked up to the middle section first and it was so steep. The stairs were at a higher incline than we are used to and the “flat” surfaces had an incline. I guess they did not use levels in early architecture! We were able to see the basements of the arena where they kept all of the gladiators who fought and the animals that fought with or against them. It was so neat to see all of the crevices of the basement. It was small compared to today’s size of an arena, but for the era, I can see how it would have been just awe-inspiring.

After the Colosseum my aunt and I went shopping for four hours or so. It was so much fun to walk in and out of the little alley ways that we would have never seen without our mini adventure. And by mini, I mean seven miles…Today’s grand total of walking was 10 miles. So, I am very tired and I can feel a heartbeat in my feet. Do not think that is natural! The adventure was a lot of fun and we poked our heads into many tiny little shops. ( I was looking for a purse.) We were on the hunt for whatever goodies we could find (and we found sooo many!)

Anyway, I hope you all have enjoyed my little travel journal for the past two weeks. It has been a very fast, exciting, and adventurous two weeks.I have loved every minute of it and I cannot thank my grandparents enough for giving me this wonderful gift and opportunity. I hope that one day I can come back and visit the parts of Italy I still have not seen, but for now, I am ready to go home. This country has been so wonderful and has taught me many lessons I would have never learned without a visit. I am so very blessed to have been given this trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Arrivederci,

Beth:)

My Italian Adventure: Day 11

Wednesday, June 12, 8:46 pm

Today was so much fun! We woke up early and caught a bus to Vatican City so we could go visit the inside of St. Peters Church. We reached the wall outside of the city and saw a huge crowd. We stood in line for a few minutes until we realized that the reason why we in such na large crowd that early in the morning was because Pope Francis was giving a speech today. A morning service of sorts since today was Wednesday. We decided against staying to see the speech as it was going to be another hour and a half before we were able to see him.

In a turn of an events we took a bus to the Roman Forum. It was more expansive than I thought it would be. We took a self-guided tour around the forum and it was so cool! I saw the original columns of the entrance to the Forum. I loved the history of it all. I thought it was very interesting that the area was originally a marsh and they had the technology back in that time to drain the marsh into the Tiber River. The area was so neat to hike through! It was so strange walking on the stones that people thousands of years ago walked on. It made me feel as if I was taking place in the making of history.

Once we made our way through the Forum we came out and there was the Colosseum in all of its gorgeous beauty! The Colosseum, just like the Forum, was larger than I expected! We walked around the outside of it and debated going inside, but the lines were so outrageous and we were all tired. However, the exterior was quite stunning! It was a grey color which was not surprising, but the fact that the structure has held up for so long is very impressive! I find it to be captivating the architectural skills of that era have stood the test of time and remained intact. In addition, I of course had to get my picture taken in front of the Colosseum a half a dozen times. There is no better way to prove something. Am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

After the Colosseum we got on a bus to head back towards our apartment for lunch then a nap. Unfortunately, we got on the right bus going the wrong way so we went all the way to the end of the line only to have to turn back and retrace our steps towards our apartment. All in all we were on the bus for about an hour and half. None of us minded much, though, because we got to see the other part of Rome that we were not going to touch this trip. I also got a tiny bit of a nap until I realized, half awake, that I had a silly look on my face and thought that maybe waiting on my nap was a better idea.

Earlier my aunt and I went on a hunt for purses. I have been looking for a leather purse that will match the wallet I bought while in Florence. No such luck yet. Although, we did come across more street vendors with reasonably priced scarves. I really love scarves. Everyone has that one or two things they love to buy and are a sucker for. Mine are scarves and purses. I am proud to say that I bought eight scarves! Now I know you may be thinking, “Why on Earth would you buy that many?!”. My answer is simple. They were a good investment and because I can. So what? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Anyway! While we were out we also got gelato. I mean, of course! I got two flavors, Stracchiato (That is may not be how you spell it, but that is the closest guess I have!) It was a chocolate and vanilla mixture which within itself was delicious! The other flavor was eggnog. I so love eggnog and this was very yummy! It did taste different from American eggnog, but not in a bad way! I guess it is a good thing we walked 6 miles today! It definitely worked off that gelato for sure! I believe I have walked almost 30 miles on this trip. Every day has been 3-6 miles so on average I would say it would be about thirty. A high guess would be 45 miles.

So with that fact, It is very obvious that I am worn out, so I will write soon everybody!

arrivederci!

Beth:)

Homecoming Weekend…Part 2

This was the best homecoming I have ever had! I had such a great time at the dance and it was a great way to leave my Homecoming memories.

10:00 am: The Parade

Yesterday, I went to the parade at 10 am to see Emily wave to “the peasants”; Emily was voted Homecoming Queen. It was so exciting to have a good friend receive that honor. It was my first (and last) Homecoming Parade. It was fun to see all the little kids chasing the flying candy that was chucked out of cars and floats. At one point a bunch of candy was thrown towards me and Emily’s cousin was right next to me collecting all the pieces of Tootsie Rolls. I gave him all the pieces next to me. Emily’s brother was filming the parade and filmed me giving the little guy the candy. I will forever be in the video “doing my good deed for the day” as it was recorded in the video. It was a fun experience. The band did great, the Homecoming Court looked awesome, and the clubs and sports showed their spirit!

2:30 pm: Time To Get Ready

One of my really good friends, Brittni came over so we could get ready for the dance together. It was so much fun and entertaining to get ready with someone else and have someone to talk to when I was getting ready. Doing our hair was quite the experience as well! We were both nervous about our hair messing up and spent about an hour doing, fixing, and hair spraying pieces. Honestly, we probably used and eighth of my hairspray between the two of us! Yet, it was so worth it! our hair turned out amazing! When we finally finished getting ready, we took some pictures. This was a great experience for my last homecoming at my school.

5:00 pm: Show Time

My date (aka my boyfriend(Tj) for a year and half) came over to my house with his family so we could take some pictures and so I could pin the boutonniere and he could put on my corsage. Let me say, pinning a boutonniere is…interesting. This would be the third one I’ve pinned and I think I did a very nice job!

After we took some pictures at my house, we went to meet up with a group at a park. The pictures came out so nice and the background was beautiful. (When I get the pictures, I will put them up!) We spent about 45 minutes at the park getting pictures in this, that, and the other angle. I love taking pictures though, so it wasn’t bad and not to mention the weather was perfect!

7:00 pm-…: Dance

The dance itself was really fun! I got to dance with my friends and Tj and it was such a blast. There’s not much to say about the dance itself except we danced… ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone looked so nice and pretty. I wish we all wore those outfits to school everyday. Just keeping it classy!

After the dance, Tj and I went out to eat.We were so hungry too! neither of us had eating in 8 or 9 hours. After dinner we went back to my house and just hung out and talked about the funny things that had happened at the dance. It was such a nice way to end the night.

I really love Homecoming and dances. The entire school comes together to have a great night and we never fail to have a great time.

Any Homecoming stories? I would love to hear!:)

Have a great week!

Beth:)

Another Week Finished!

^My favorite song. The music video is so funny too! I want to know what is with her band members dressed like animals though…

^Second favorite… The two above videos seem to contradict each other

^ Third Favorite. The ending makes me laugh every time!

I like to play these three very loud. Ha! I always have new favorite songs!

^By far the best movie and song of all time. When this movie came out eons ago, I was Lizzie and my friend was Isabella and played along and sang like we were really them. So funny!

I will say, If I could do that in real life, I totally would!

 

I found out how to use color on word press:))))))

I am taking a break from writing a paper/essay/short answer response for AP English.

So hmm… nothing much happened this week. I do not have any crazy pictures to add… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ My tennis partner and I won all of our matches this week though! 8-6,8-1,8-4,8-4. It was wonderful!

Okay, I am finished…. I will proceed with black font:)

In regards to my classes,

Business Web Design: Fun, yet repetitive. HTML. HTML. HTML. Just for this quarter though, so yay! On the plus side, we learn new things to add to our web pages… like color text, bold, italics, etc. We are learning how to create lists now and next week I think we begin pictures! I cannot wait for that, it will be a lot better!

Western Civilization: Just got to the Egyptians from about 3000 B.C. Interesting group of people. The Old Kingdom believed their Pharaoh was a “God on Earth”. I find that kind of interesting. That and the fact that Egypt was essentially blocked from intrusion for thousands of years because of the geography. The desert towards the East and West, cataracts in the south and the Mediterranean Sea at the northern part. Without the invention of ships to cross a sea so great and having the heat of the desert discourage invaders, it is no wonder the Egyptians lived without wars for years. (This is all we have learned so far…Maybe they did have wars… maybe that lesson comes Tuesday… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Physics: Had our first test today and I think I may have done well! We have just been graphing for the past two and half weeks since school began. I hope we start some fun labs and such soon.

Accounting: So easy. Pshhh.

AP English: Best. Class. EVER! We are learning about ethos/ pathos/ and logos. Basically the ways to manipulate people into taking your side. Essentially what speeches are made to do. For those who do not know, ethos is a persuasive strategy to get the reader/listener to believe what you have to say, by showing them you are sincere, reliable and fair-minded.ย  logos is the use of logic and ability to appeal to the intellect. you use factual data and statistics to prove you know what you are talking about. Lastly, we have pathos which is the use of emotion.ย  You use vivid language to produce feelings. It is so interesting to see these in the everyday world as well! In class we watched QVC to see how the sellers convince people they need that specific item. “QVC exclusive” “We’re down to 100 of these. You must get it now, they will be gone before you know it”. I started analyzing everything I watched after that. Speeches byย  political figures especially. I was convinced that they were the best option. Logos, ethos, and pathos are everywhere if you know where to look.

Pre-Calc.: Still a review of Algebra I, II, and Geometry. Nothing too exciting.

Orchestra: Ahhhh so wonderful. My friend and I are doing the Senior Slide show (have I mentioned that yet? Well we are!) and we just sent out the letter to start bringing in pictures. This project will take the entire year, so it is best to start working right NOW. It will be a blast too!

In unrelated news. I applied to my first college. WHAT! Crazy how a few weeks ago I was not even planning on applying anytime soon. It is good though, I will not have to have it on a constant stress reel in my mind right before they are due. Instead, when everyone else is stressed, I will be relaxed!

A guy I know asked his girlfriend to homecoming in such a cute way today in front of the entire lunch room. He stood up on a table and shouted for everyone to be quiet. Then he jumped down and walked towards his girlfriend and was yelling this entire speech about how they have been dating for about a year now and he loves her very much and he wants to know if she will go to homecoming with him. Of course, she says yes and the lunch room of 700+ people erupts with applause. It was so cute, I will admit I clapped. I am a sucker for cute romance type things. ๐Ÿ™‚

It seems as if I always promise myself that I will write shorter posts, but I just keep going! You all do not mind though? ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all at least enjoy reading them!

Have a nice weekend!

Beth:D

 

My New Favorite Store:)

I have a new favorite store. In fact, I would buy out the entire store if I could! I am going to post some pictures of my favorite pieces (so far;))

Francesca’s Collection’s have a mixture of colors and patterns that I am in love with right now! If you can, I would recommend checking them out.

I really do like these jeans! I normally do not go for color pants/shorts, but I recently have found a liking for them!:)

My floral scarves and I:) I should go buy one…you would think I would have bought one by now, but alas, I have not!

This is such a pretty color and I love the texture! If I buy white jeans, I may just have to go buy this sweater too!

This just looks very comfy.:D

I really love these types of dresses! I do not know if they have a specific type of name, but nevertheless, I want this too!

I love the lacy skirt style sooo much! When I was at Francesca’s today I saw this fitted grass/spring green skirt that looked similar to this and, oh my goodness, the most beautiful skirt I have ever seen!

I LOVE cardigans and dots. Not to mention my great love for green and blue. This seems like my match made in heaven!

This store may just be the new spot for me to go. However somewhat pricey these items are, I may just save and splurge sometime!

Well, goodnight everyone! I must get my beauty sleep you know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Beth:)

One Week Down!

Yay! The first full week of school is over and remarkably fast at that! This week was dedicated to Senior’s.

Monday was “Disney day”, so I wore my Minnie Mouse earrings

Tuesday “Was When I Grow Up Day” so I was a yoga instructor ( I really do not want to be that).

Wednesday was “Decades Day” So I went all 80’s… well, sort of!

Thursday was “Superhero Day”. As my friend said she “was already awesome enough”

Friday was “Spirit Day”. We all also got our Senior crowns (aka, Burger King Crowns spray painted silver with “Senior 2013” written on it. I have to say, I am quite excited about this crown! I have been wanting it since I was a Freshman!

Yesterday, I also had my first tennis match of the year. Oh my goodness! It was AMAZING! We played a great, competitive team that was actually fun to play! We won though, 8-6. We probably played an hour match. Not too bad! All four of us had great shots though. I made some pretty impressive shots if I do not say so myself!;) My game seems to change from practice to an actual match. I GET BETTER!:)))) Oh my gosh, though, I am still pumped from my match yesterday! I did a low, to the ground, back hand where the other team missed it. Definitely one of my better moments.

So I already have two tests/quizzes this week!:P I guess that is not as bad as the Human Anatomy and Physiology class that had a test yesterday where they had to memorize all the technical names of most of the body systems in a week (at least that is how I understood it). I am very happy I do not want to be a doctor. I would hate learning all those names. Yet, if it was something I was passionate about, maybe I would like it? Who knows!

So I really like most of my classes so far! Physics and Pre-Calc. are classes I am still debating on whether I like them or not!

My business web design class is so fun! We are learning HTML codes and it is pretty easy. However we ARE in the beginning stages of it, so maybe it will gradually get harder.

Western Civ. is pretty interesting also. It is one of the most exciting history classes I have ever taken. Maybe it is the teacher who makes it fun?

Physics… Hmmm…I will get back to you on that!:P

accounting is kind of fun! Believe it or not, it is easy too! I really liked doing taxes in Personal Finance class last year. Without that class I would not even know how much I (weirdly) enjoyed doing the 1040 tax form (that is not too hard though with all the simple information).

AP English. Wow. So much easier than my AP US History class from last year. I honestly switched into AP English the last day that I could change my schedule last year and I thought I would regret taking this class, but so far, it had turned into one of my favorite classes!
Pre- Calc…. again, I will get back to you.

Orchestra:))) I am atย  home in this class. It is such a joy in my day to play music. Granted, maybe if we did not have to do scales, it would be just a TAD bit better, but even those do not get me down!ย  It also makes me happy that we are playing Halloween and Christmas music in the same day picking which pieces we like for our Halloween and Winter concerts.

Overall I would give my classes a 8.5/10 rating. The 1.5 deduction is due to my uncertainty of Physics and Pre-Calc. class.

I will keep everyone up to date-ish.

Please keep in mind, I do have homework so I am guessing I will not be on here more than once or twice a week. I will try though!:)

Thanks for reading!

Blog to you later:)

Beth:D